Words without actions are meaningless. If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably seen a tweet about that phrase. I’ve posted it a few times. True influencers are able to back up their words with actions.
If you think about it, would you rather listen to someone who just tells you what to do but is unable to execute it personally? Or would you rather listen and follow someone who actually lives out what they say?
I would choose the second option.
I have received numerous emails from teens across the country in the past few months that have really inspired me to write this post and a few others. Most have started connecting with me through Twitter, but a few have actually kept me updated on things through email and text messages. It is awesome to connect with people around the nation whom I have never met before.
I made a graphic to share the other day about the difference between reputation and character.
What’s the Difference Between Reputation and Character?
According to the dictionary, we get the following definitions:
Reputation: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
Character: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual
If you take a look at the definitions above, you will notice that reputation is simply what others think of you. It is a formulated opinion. It is important for others to think highly of you, but your life should not be based on it. Character, in contrast to reputation, is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Character is who someone is!
As Christ followers, we should desire to possess character that models Christ. We all will mess up at times, but our life should be characterized by following God. I found this quote that directly correlates with this post:
When you wake up and your feet hit the floor, a new day begins. It is important to have a purpose. God gives us another day to live for a reason. When I wake up, I make an attempt to realize that I’m alive and breathing for one reason: God has a plan and purpose for me.
To be successful in our lives, we have to realize that we have a purpose.
If you go about your day with no purpose, it can be a waste of time. Instead, God calls us to do the complete opposite.
As Christians, we are called to live intentionally.
It’s hard to live an intentional lifestyle if you’re always focused on the latest reality show or other insignificant things. Life is precious, and we should do everything we can to make an impact on others by showing God’s love.
I attended a powerful leadership conference a few years ago featuring speakers such as Terry Bradshaw, Laura Bush, and General Colin Powell.
Although all of the speakers were amazing, Rudy Giuliani’s comments were the ones that really stuck with me. Not only was he a great speaker, he was a great leader during a tough time in America. Here are some of the highlights of his speech:
1. Know what you believe in.
Manage your beliefs. If you do not know what to believe in, it is very easy to fail. It is important to establish your beliefs early on because they will lead you to the final result. Your beliefs will be your driving force.
2. Be an optimist.
Being optimistic is a mind set. Our natural instinct is to think about and focus on the negatives in life. Remaining optimistic is important in leadership. To keep an optimistic mindset, continually visualize your dreams. You have to dream in order to achieve something great! After the visions and the dreams have started to become clear, it’s important to set goals.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the chance to talk with many people about prayer. I found that many find prayer to be complicating. The reality is that we make prayer complicating. It doesn’t have to be!
In modern Christianity, I have seen that prayer has become an “art”. Many do not pray because they feel that they are not a “good enough pray-er”. It really makes me sad that people feel that way. Prayer is not an “art” or a style of speaking that is used to fill a spot in a church service; however, it is a conversation with God.
I believe that we often over-complicate prayer.
It is hard to develop a strong relationship with God if your prayer life is almost non-existent. God desires to talk with us…and more importantly, He desires for us to pray passionate prayers. This does not mean that it has to be a perfectly delivered oratorical speech. Prayer is simply a talk with God.
I’ve been able to connect with many incredible people over the past few months. Recently one of my Twitter friends, Hannah, sent me a video she made. I watched it, and I thought it was incredible.
The world has such a distorted view of what it really means to be a Christ follower. This video presents some challenging thoughts. Be sure to watch the video and connect with Hannah on her Twitter and YouTube channel.